The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent a battalion chief and one of its three “human remains” search dogs and its handler Wednesday to Porterville to assist in the aftermath of a deliberately set blaze in the Central California town’s library that left one firefighter dead and another unaccounted for.
Porterville Fire Capt. Raymond Figueroa, 35, was killed Tuesday afternoon while fighting the flames, and firefighter Patrick Jones, 25, has not been located. The library, built in 1953, did not have a sprinkler system.
Two 13-year-old boys suspected of intentionally setting the fire were arrested Wednesday morning and booked into the Tulare County juvenile detention facility on suspicion of arson, manslaughter and conspiracy, according to the Porterville Police Department.
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